Aboriginal Art Industry

The Aboriginal art industry in Australia has seen a dramatic rise in popularity during recent times. With the value of the paintings increasing, corruption and fraud are also increasing.
It has prompted the Australian government to spend an extra $2.2 million to fund the education of artists and their rights, while also educating buyers of Aboriginal art.

As much as I like some Australian aborginal art, I would be hesitant in spending much more than a few hundred dollars on a painting as you just don’t know what you are getting. The same could be said about buying any contemporary art, but the stories that get around about aboriginal art makes it all a bit riskier (just my opinion).

Australia aims to protect a $149 million art industry
“Stories have circulated about fraud and exploitation of artists for almost as long as there was a buck to be made in aboriginal art. The issue has come to the fore again this year with reports from the town of Alice Springs of artists being physically coerced into producing art and working in sweatshop conditions. Investigations have revealed little. It is alleged that artists are intimidated or bought off by cash, drugs, or alcohol. Meanwhile, some well-known artists have been accused of passing off work by relatives as their own.” CS Monitor

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. You’re right about needing to know what you’re buying but it’s definitely an area worth looking into as it is enjoying amazing growth, especially in Europe.

    John Verhoeven – Aboriginal Art Show podcast

  2. Could not agree more.

    Australian aboriginal art represents a visual history of the stories, song, dance and spiritual beliefs of the indigenous people of Australia. Indigenous Australian art is tribal in nature, often with imperfections, with colour and iconography or symbols used as part of the story telling process.

    We believe that Australian aboriginal art is just beginning to be recognised world wide for its cultural significance, its artistic diversity, its natural beauty, and its affordability.

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